DAVE GILMOUR "rattle that lock"
album cover.....fantastic(one of the best ive ever seen!)
packaging: sublime,no expense spared...
the regular release is like a hardback/cover book and looks
as though it will remain intact for as long as the cd is playable.
the quality of the thick card feels second to none,
again, no expense spared...a Pink Floyd trait!
music: a couple of Floyd sounding tracks, a short instrumental,
hell, theres even a jazz number on it...
the harmonies are the equal to those of CSN&Y IMO,sublime!
some of it is ethereal like the sounds on my favourite Floyd album
'the division bell'(but that was a Gilmour album anyway,Waters
had already left by then)
a couple of rock sounding tracks, and a couple that I wouldn't say
is Gilmour(but I am not familiar with his solo work anyway)
production: fantastic, every note sounds crisp and clear just like
the band is sitting in my living room playing for me.
all up: the best new release I have heard this year bar none!
I may have to investigate his solo material further on the strength of this album!
"allmusic" take on the album:
Former Pink Floyd
guitarist David Gilmour
is not prolific. Rattle That Lock
is only his fourth solo studio album (though it follows his late band's final album, The Endless River
, by only ten months). Gilmour
recorded some 35 songs for this set, some dating back 18 years. Trimming them to ten couldn't have been easy. Titled for John Milton
's second book in Paradise Lost
, Rattle That Lock
is structured as an informal song cycle to reflect the sometimes random, sometimes weightier thought processes of a typical person in a single day. It begins, appropriately, with the instrumental "5 A.M.." Orchestrated by Zbigniew Preisner
's signature slow, bluesy, Stratocaster sting enters just 30 seconds in, followed by fingerpicked acoustic guitars, gentle synths, and electric piano amid chamber strings to announce the title-track single. It's the first of five songs co-written with novelist Polly Samson
's wife. His meaty guitar lines mirror the spirit of the lyrics, which reflect dissent and the redemption that lies in the freedom to choose. Co-producer Phil Manzanera
's Hammond organ, two funky basslines, and soaring chorus vocals from Mica Paris
, Louise Marshall
, and the Liberty Choir provide a smooth AOR feel. "Faces of Stone" is a waltz done as a tango, colored by Floyd
-esque atmospherics and an extended wailing guitar break. The ageless harmonies of Graham Nash
and David Crosby
grace "A Boat Lies Waiting," a moving, understated tribute to Pink Floyd
keyboardist Richard Wright
's slide hovers above Roger Eno
's elegant piano, chamber strings, and the cry of gulls. Samson
's lyrics are economical but mighty, capturing bittersweet nostalgia, pain, and loss in their poignancy. "In Any Tongue" chillingly examines the toll of a global war run by men with deadly joysticks (to drones) in their hands: "God help my son/What has he done?/...I hear 'Mama' sounds the same in any tongue…." In "Beauty," Eno
trade contrasting minimal piano and blues-rock guitar lines as strings and reverb bridge them. Second single "Today" commences as a hymn, but erupts into wonky funk driven by Guy Pratt
's bass. Here the silken, rockist disco of Wall
clashes with Speaking in Tongues
-era Talking Heads
, and it all works -- dramatic orchestral accompaniment notwithstanding. Instrumental closer "And Then…" features Gilmour
's expressive Strat and acoustic guitars. Andy Newmark
's drums and Danny Cummings
' percussion frame them amid a backdrop of strings. This tune is so lyrical that Gilmour
's guitar playing literally sings, making it one of his finest instrumentals. As a whole, Rattle That Lock
reveals more confident and developed songwriting from Gilmour
; they'll be a near-symbiotic team in the future. It is a snapshot of where Gilmour
is as a musician in 2015, and not by any means a grand portrait or statement to sum up his career.